As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 29 January 2018

Rare native ducklings spotted in the Abel Tasman National Park

For the first time in "living memory", pāteke ducklings have been spotted in the Abel Tasman National Park. 

More than seven months after a group of 20 juvenile pāteke, or brown teal, were released in the national park, a group of six ducklings have been captured on camera. 

Project Janszoon ornithologist Ron Moorhouse said while it was early days, it was "incredibly encouraging" to see the birds breeding in their first year in the park. 

A group of six brown teal ducklings were captured on camera in Hadfield Clearing, behind Awaroa in the Abel Tasman National Park. It is thought to be the first time the rare native duck has bred inside the park.

"It is the first time we think this has happened in living memory, that pāteke have nested and bred in the Abel Tasman."

He said the ducklings were believed to be a week or so old.

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